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Apple's highly anticipated "California Streaming" event on Tuesday had an interesting mix of expected and unexpected news, including the iPhone 13 lineup that largely followed expectations and the Apple Watch Series 7 that didn't get the expected flat-sided redesign but otherwise matched up with rumors pretty well.

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On the more unexpected front, we got updates to the iPad mini and entry-level iPad, something most people weren't expecting until a second autumn event in October or November. We also didn't get the third-generation AirPods, which were rumored but fairly uncertain about heading into the event.

For a look at Tuesday's biggest announcements, check out our 7-minute recap video and associated article that links out to all of our coverage from event day.

Apple Announces iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Mini With Smaller Notch, Repositioned Rear Cameras, and More

Apple on Tuesday announced the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, both featuring a smaller notch, repositioned rear cameras, improved performance, and more while maintaining the same 6.1-inch and 5.4-inch sizes of their respective iPhone 12 predecessors.

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As rumored, the new iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini include a 20% smaller notch, allowing for more display area. Inside, the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini are powered by the brand new A15 Bionic chip, while a more advanced dual-camera system on the rear delivers better photos and video than ever.

Pre-orders are now underway ahead of a launch on Friday, September 24, although shipping times for many models and some Apple Card users experienced difficulties trying to place orders as they went live.

Apple Unveils iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max With ProMotion Displays and Up to 1TB Storage

In additon to the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini, Apple on Tuesday also announced the iPhone 13 Pro and ‌iPhone 13‌ Pro Max, featuring brighter Super Retina XDR displays with ProMotion, improved rear cameras, a more powerful variant of the A15 Bionic chip, up to 1TB of storage, a new Sierra Blue color option, and more.

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Both devices sport the A15 Bionic chip with a six-core CPU and a five-core GPU for a significant performance improvement. This variant of the A15 chip contains one extra GPU core than the ‌iPhone 13‌ mini and ‌iPhone 13‌'s A15 chip.

Pre-orders for the Pro models are also underway ahead of their September 24 launch, and if you're having trouble deciding which model to get, we have a buyer's guide comparing the regular and Pro lineups.

Apple Unveils Apple Watch Series 7 Featuring Larger Screen Sizes From $399

As expected, Apple introduced the Apple Watch Series 7 at Tuesday's event, delivering the expected larger display size thanks to thinner bezels and slightly larger casings.

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What we didn't expect is that the design is quite similar to the Series 6 and other recent models, with smooth, rounded edges rather than the flat-edged redesign that had been rumored by several prominent sources.

You'll also have to wait a while to get your hands on the new Apple Watch, as Apple has said only that it will be available "later this fall." Recent reports indicated that Apple was having trouble ramping up mass production of the new models, and that's almost certainly the reason for Apple's vague launch timeframe.

Apple Introduces Redesigned Sixth-Generation iPad Mini With Touch ID, USB-C Port, 5G, and More

We heard a number of rumors about a redesign for the iPad mini that would bring it more in line with the iPad Air, and that's exactly what we got Tuesday with the sixth-generation model.

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The new iPad mini features a larger 8.3-inch display that largely covers the front of the device, Touch ID on the power button rather than having a Home button, a USB-C port instead of Lightning, and support for the second-generation Apple Pencil.

Orders for the new iPad mini are available now, with a launch coming on Friday, September 24.

Apple Announces New 9th-Generation iPad With A13 Chip, True Tone Display, and More

While it didn't see as big an overhaul as its smaller sibling, the entry-level 10.2-inch iPad did receive an update on Tuesday, upgrading to an A13 Bionic chip offering up to 20% faster performance, a True Tone display, an improved front camera, and more.

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The new ‌iPad‌ features an upgraded 12MP ultra-wide front camera with Center Stage, which uses machine learning to automatically detect people in the frame, panning and zooming to keep them in view during FaceTime calls. The feature recognizes when other people join or exit a call, adjusting the camera position to fit everyone in.

Orders for the new iPad are available now, with a launch coming next week on Friday, September 24.

iOS 15, iPadOS 15, watchOS 8, and tvOS 15 Will Be Released on September 20

Apple's big software update launch will take place next Monday, September 20, with Apple releasing iOS 15, iPadOS 15, tvOS 15, and watchOS 8 on that date.

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We haven't yet received an official launch date for macOS Monterey, but it appears likely we'll have a Mac-focused media event in about a month or so, and we'll likely hear more about Monterey then, if not sooner.

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Article Link: Top Stories: iPhone 13, Apple Watch Series 7, New iPads, and More
 
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anthogag

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The new iPad mini was a nice surprise.

I am not sure I'll replace my Watch 6 with a 7.

I will upgrade to 13 Pro Max. A disappointment is increased weight compared to 12 Pro Max. I am guessing Pro Max 14 will get the titanium frame.
 

chevyboy60013

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Thinking about replacing my iPhone XR with the 13 but not sure, it was a gift from my boyfriend so its more than just a phone, and is only 3 years old this December... so not sure, kinda interested in the iPad Air though especially if it has 5g
 

HarryWild

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I was going for the iPhone 13 Pro but decided to wait till I see it in the Apple store before ordering it! The camera array looks huge compare to the iPhone 12 Pro. Might be 50% bigger and it sticks out even farther too!
 

Mrjetsondc

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Thinking about replacing my iPhone XR with the 13 but not sure, it was a gift from my boyfriend so its more than just a phone, and is only 3 years old this December... so not sure, kinda interested in the iPad Air though especially if it has 5g
You can get a new phone but keep your current one as a memento.

then when he forgets about it, sell it on eBay and buy yourself some jewelry.
 

fbr$

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Bought me an iPhone 12 128GB a few months ago with big discount, I'm good for the next 3 years, I really don't care about having the ultimate flagship model.

I'm waiting for the notchless iPhone and also waiting to see what Apple will do with the ancient USB 2.0 480 Mbits/sec (= 60 MBytes/sec) lightning port, will it go to USB-C?

With increasing storages, now up to 1TB, it's just ridiculous to keep a slow 60 MBytes/sec port. Going total portless doesn't make sense too, how are people supposed to transfer 1TB to their Macs, only via AirDrop? And what if someone wants to transfer that 1TB not to the Mac, but to an external flash drive or hard drive?

To plug an external flash drive on the lightning port you'll need an adapter AND the adapter must be plugged on power at same time, otherwise you'll get a warning message that the external device requires too much power. But at least it's possible to do it.

But if you try to plug an old spinning hard drive on the lightning port, no way, it won't work even with an adapter. On the other hand, on my iPad Pro I plug my old spinning 3TB hard drive with easy, I just need a tiny USB-C to USB-A adapter, no external power required.
 
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BGPL

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Why wouldn't they have a Apple Watch Pro Max or Apple Watch Grande...?? Big guys like me can use a 48mm watch. I look like a prissy little thing with my 45mm series 5. It looks like a women's watch.
 

jz0309

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Why wouldn't they have a Apple Watch Pro Max or Apple Watch Grande...?? Big guys like me can use a 48mm watch. I look like a prissy little thing with my 45mm series 5. It looks like a women's watch.
You know you have options available…
 

applefan69

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You know you have options available…
LOL. Normally I agree 100% - dont forget about the competition,.

But lets be honest. When it comes to the smartwatch space, there is no competition. We are talking generations behind at this point. Apple could literally take a break for 5 years and when they return the competition would FINALLY be on par - maybe.

If I am wrong Id love to see your evidence.
 

code-m

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Bought me an iPhone 12 128GB a few months ago with big discount, I'm good for the next 3 years, I really don't care about having the ultimate flagship model.

I'm waiting for the notchless iPhone and also waiting to see what Apple will do with the ancient USB 2.0 480 Mbits/sec (= 60 MBytes/sec) lightning port, will it go to USB-C?

With increasing storages, now up to 1TB, it's just ridiculous to keep a slow 60 MBytes/sec port. Going total portless doesn't make sense too, how are people supposed to transfer 1TB to their Macs, only via AirDrop? And what if someone wants to transfer that 1TB not to the Mac, but to an external flash drive or hard drive?

To plug an external flash drive on the lightning port you'll need an adapter AND the adapter must be plugged on power at same time, otherwise you'll get a warning message that the external device requires too much power. But at least it's possible to do it.

But if you try to plug an old spinning hard drive on the lightning port, no way, it won't work even with an adapter. On the other hand, on my iPad Pro I plug my old spinning 3TB hard drive with easy, I just need a tiny USB-C to USB-A adapter, no external power required.
You make some valid points and I suspect that iPhone 14 along with iPad (10 gen) will both have USB-C. Lightening connector was introduced in 2012 in 2022 it will be 10 years for this connector, regardless of the pros and cons for each Lightening and USB-C it makes sense to transition all iOS products to USB-C and guess what Apple will claims it’s good for the environment and people will eat the message and reasoning up. Then in 2023 the cable will not be included in the box again to another message of being better for the environment as most people have USB-C cables from iPad or Mac or can pick one up from anywhere. Don’t believe me it’s fine, save this post and watch what happens. Apple will save millions not including a USB-C in the box in 2023 and will sell even more enough to offset Mfi as Apple has other streams of revenue now. Plus as mentioned higher data rate and expandability options.

I decided to hold-off this year on upgrading as 2022 will be most beneficial as iPad mini 6 now sports USB-C and Apple wants to do something for the 10th gen iPad to harmonize the connectors.
 
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jz0309

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LOL. Normally I agree 100% - dont forget about the competition,.

But lets be honest. When it comes to the smartwatch space, there is no competition. We are talking generations behind at this point. Apple could literally take a break for 5 years and when they return the competition would FINALLY be on par - maybe.

If I am wrong Id love to see your evidence.
the other poster was saying "It looks like a women's watch." ... and further "Big guys like me ..."
so, yes, the competition is week, but he still has other options ... just sayin
And really, it was a stupid comment that deserves a stupid response ...
 

Realityck

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when is Monterey going to be released??

Come on now

iPhone and iPad rumors web site LOL.
November, just like the previous Big Sur. It is not on the same release schedule as iOS, iPadOS, watchOS, and tvOS which are due Sept 20th. MacOS 12 might even be utilized by new Macs when it is released. :)
 

Looking4Friends

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I won’t even ditch my broken iPhone X for the new offerings. Yawn
Same. XS Max for at least another year. I’ll buy the new phone when they get rid of those ugly circles on the back of the phones.

that’s the main selling point so all of the marketing pics are ‘look at these hideous camera lenses on the back’

make them blend into the back and find a new feature to sell people on other than subpar camera phone pictures and videos
 
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Realityck

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I am looking forward to hands on with the brand new iPad mini 6 next Friday, it was a long time coming to finally give the most convenient iPad model to carry around when traveling so many improvements. Purple looks like it will be very popular. :)
 
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